Yesterday, Wednesday, January 20, 2021, President Joseph “Joe” Robinette Biden Jr was sworn in as the 46th President of the United State of America at an event held with limited people at the Capitol due to the COVID-19 pandemic, although millions of people around the world watched the inauguration on televisions and online.
One of the pressing issues Biden is focusing on is ramping up the administration off the COVID-19 vaccine, with plans to vaccinate up to 1 million people every day, making it 100 million people to be vaccinated in his first 100 days in office. This is in contrast with his predecessor Donald Trump, who has been accused of not taking the pandemic seriously and that his mismanagement of it is mostly to blame for the more than 400,000 deaths in the U.S.
Last week, Biden promised to have more vaccination centres set up across the U.S. and have vaccine doses distributed faster around the entire country in a bid to curb the spread of the virus that has infected over 24.5 million people in the country.
During his inaugural speech yesterday, Biden said he would be a president for all Americans, sending out a message of unity to the country that has been more divided during the Trump presidency than it ever was.
With three past presidents the Obamas, Bushes Jr., and Clintons attending the inauguration that Trump skipped, there was a moment of “If you need me I’ll be there for you” from the former Commanders-in-Chief. It looks like more individuals and companies are ready to work with the Biden administration for the rebuilding of the country, especially during these hard pandemic times.
One such company that has already offered its help is tech giant Amazon Inc. The world’s largest online retailer has offered to help with the United States’ efforts involving the COVID-19 vaccine, according to a letter addressed to new President Joe Biden.
In the letter, Dave Clark, chief executive of Amazon’s worldwide consumer business said that the company has an agreement with a healthcare provider to administer vaccines at its facilities.
Amazon is the second-largest employer in the United States with over 800,000 employees at Amazon fulfilment centres, AWS data centres, and Whole Foods Market employees and has a massive transport and logistics network with reach all over the U.S.
In a letter addressed directly to the newly inaugurated President Joe Biden, Amazon offers its resources to assist in Biden’s goal of vaccinating 100 million Americans during his first 100 days in office.
The letter says in part thus:
“We are prepared to leverage our operations, information technology, and communications capabilities and expertise to assist your administration’s vaccination efforts. Our scale allows us to make a meaningful impact immediately in the fight against COVID-19, and we stand ready to assist you in this effort.”